What the heck is ‘rolling admissions’?

What the heck is ‘rolling admissions’?

We evaluate your UBC application when it becomes complete, which means when we have received your grades and other required information. And with 40,000 applications coming in from tons of different school systems around the world, we receive grades and supporting documents at different times.

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Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Wednesday, March 15, so be sure to get your documents in as soon as you have them.

Check out our tips on uploading your documents.

If you are an International Baccalaureate student in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Maritimes, we will receive your anticipated IB results directly from your IB coordinators, so you do not need to upload documents to complete your application.

Have questions? Email us at grades.canada@ubc.ca and include your full name and UBC student number so we may best assist you.

Find your UBC admission decision on the Student Service Centre

Find your UBC admission decision on the Student Service Centre

So you’ve applied to UBC, and now you’re wondering, “Did they get my documents?” and “When will I receive my admission decision?”

Tens of thousands of UBC applicants from across Canada and around the world have the same questions. Here at the UBC Admissions Office, my colleagues and I are doing our best to read every applicant’s Personal Profile and transcript as carefully — and as quickly — as we can. We are swamped with applicants’ documents, but we’re working very hard to give you a decision as early as possible.

As soon as we have evaluated your application, you will see our decision on the UBC Student Service Centre.

If you have sent your documents to us within the last five to six weeks, please be patient with us and we will update your status shortly.

In the meantime, consider coming out to one of our applicant information events, where you can get answers to all your burning questions about life at UBC. We have events scheduled for Canadian, American, and international students. Please join us!

When will you receive your UBC admission decision?

When will you receive your UBC admission decision?

We know that selecting universities to apply to is a huge decision – one that involves plenty of research and preparation. And although that part is done, you still have one big decision left: which admission offer will you accept?

At the UBC Admissions Office, my colleagues and I are meticulously reviewing your applications so that we can give you our decision as soon as we can so you can make your big decision in a timely manner. At the same time, we’re not going to rush through our evaluation of your application – we want to make sure you get a carefully considered decision from us. As soon as we have evaluated your application, you will see our decision on the UBC Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

Why do some students receive their admission decision before others?

Simple answer: we receive grades at different times depending on your school system.

For some of you, we evaluated your application in January when your grade information arrived. Right now we are receiving International Baccalaureate anticipated grades for BC high school applicants, OUAC grade information from Ontario, and we continue to receive international documents.

As of February 20, applicants from Alberta will begin uploading their documents so that we can evaluate their applications. In a couple of weeks, our 10,000 BC and Yukon high school applicants will begin self-reporting their grades.

Since December our Admissions team has been reading Personal Profiles and evaluating applications as we receive grades and other information, and we will continue to do so until all applications have been carefully reviewed. We’re working as quickly and carefully as we can to give you an admission decision shortly after we receive all of your grade information.

Admission decisions are not first come, first served

Most important to you: we use the same evaluation criteria for everyone when their files are complete. If your files are complete in March, we will evaluate you exactly as we have done for an applicant whose files were complete in January. Our decisions are not made on a first-come, first-served basis, and we take great care to make sure you get the right decision shortly after your application is complete.

AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

If you are a high school applicant from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Maritime provinces, you will be asked to upload a transcript of your grades and courses to the Student Services Centre (SSC) after you submit your online application. In this post, I will give you a few tips on how to prepare your documents before uploading them.

You’ll find detailed information on when to submit your documents and how to submit your documents on our website, and you will receive an email from us when we are ready for you to upload your documents.

You will need:

  • Your most recent high school report card.
  • All grades for completed Grade 11 and 12 courses.
  • A list of courses in progress (with or without interim grades).

Document format and size

  • Your transcript or report card must be uploaded in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Your list of courses in progress does not have to be an official document (this can be a list that you have typed up yourself).

Please do not mail in a paper copy of your transcript/report card at this time. Doing so can slow down the review of your application.

If you have any questions, please email admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca. Please include your full name and UBC student number.

BC and Yukon applicants: Important admissions dates

BC and Yukon applicants: Important admissions dates

If you’re a Grade 12 student in BC or the Yukon, here are some important dates and deadlines to mark on your calendar.

January 31

Make sure you have submitted your post-secondary institution (PSI) choices form to the Ministry of Education indicating that you are applying to UBC so that UBC can receive your official grade information in May. If you have not done so, check in with your high school counsellor.

February 1

Deadline for distributed learning/online courses to be 100% complete if you want them to be used in the calculation of your UBC admission average.

February 15

If you entered the BC/Yukon school system after Grade 9, February 15 is the deadline for your counsellor or principal to submit a request for you to be waived UBC Vancouver’s language 11 requirementPlease instruct your counsellor to submit this request — and be sure to give them plenty of advance notice. To apply for exemption, UBC needs a written statement from your principal or counsellor indicating your date of entry and grade of entry into the BC school system and your UBC reference number. Statements must be emailed to language11.waiver@ubc.ca.

March 3 – April 14

The self-reporting link on your UBC Student Service Centre will be live. You need to input your courses and grades so that our office can calculate your UBC admissions average. Students should self-report by March 20.

Students in linear schools with a Term 2 report card date after March 20 will have until April 14 to self-report. Read the BC & Yukon self-reporting instructions early so you are ready to report your grades when you receive the relevant report card.

Mid-March – end of April

You will receive an admissions decision from UBC.

May 1

Deadline for most students to submit housing application to be eligible for priority access, and to accept UBC’s offer of admission and pay the acceptance deposit. (Some students’ deadline will be June 1. Please refer to your letter of admission or the Student Service Centre to find your assigned date.)


UBC receives your official grade information from the BC Ministry of Education. We will verify your self-reported grades against the information we receive from the Ministry, and will email you if anything is amiss.

Some UBC programs still accepting applications

Some UBC programs still accepting applications

Although the deadline to apply for the 2017/18 Winter Session (September to April) has passed, certain UBC programs are still accepting applications. If you are planning to apply, get your application in soon – unless a specific deadline is indicated, programs will close their application without notice.

A flood of applications

As of January 16, 2017, the UBC Admissions office received 40,800 applications! If you’ve already applied, thanks for your submission. We’ve been busy answering applicants’ questions and making sure you’ll receive an email notifying you of which documents you need to submit. We’re eager to evaluate your application so that we can send you a decision as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the 40,800 applications that we received.

What comes after applying?

Check the Admissions Blog routinely for timely posts about how to submit your documents, when we’ll send offers of admission, self-reporting, and other important admissions-related details.